29 December 2007

Overview: Province of Connecticut and Rhode Island

This province is made up of the metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Hartford, and the suffragan Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich, and Providence. Everything is in the state of Connecticut with the exception of Providence which covers the state of Rhode Island.

Archbishop Henry Joseph Mansell (70) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. He will celebrate the 15th anniversary of his consecration as a bishop in about a week.

The Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut is led by Bishop William Edward Lori (56). Of his 3 predecessors, 2 were named to other posts - a fate which may befall Bishop Lori as well. If so, the next year or two would be a likely time for it to occur.

Bishop Michael Richard Cote (58) is the leader of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. He has been in place for almost 5 years. He may also become a candidate for other dioceses, but probably not this year.

The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island is headed by Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin (59). He celebrated 15 years as a bishop last Thursday.

Overall, this province is not likely to see any changes in the coming year - the one possible exception is if Bishop Lori is promoted to another post.
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